Jair Jurrjens faced Josh Johnson tonight, and Jair delivered a gem to keep the Braves alone in first place. Jurrjens went seven innings and allowed only three hits, all of them singles and two of them of the infield variety, while striking out seven and walking three. The Marlins’ most serious threat came with a single and error leading off the first, but the runner never got to third.
The Braves, meanwhile, were leaving baserunners strewn all over the place, but fortunately Alex Gonzalez wasn’t having any of that. In the second, Melky Cabrera led off with an infield single, and Gonzalez drove him in with a double, then getting to third. AAG was then “caught stealing” home on a blown bunt. In the sixth, after Brian McCann led off with a double he was — you guessed it — still there with two out, but Gonzalez came through again with a single to score him. The Braves were 1-12 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base, plus grounded into two double plays.
Useless home plate umpire Doug Eddings, in addition to the usual randomly generated ball/strike calls, ejected Chipper in the first inning. You may have heard, but Chipper isn’t playing because his knee is currently a plate of spaghetti, but Eddings threw him out of the dugout. He’s a real man, that Doug Eddings.